First of all, this was our 1st cruise ever. Went with great attitudes, left just ok with the whole experience. I myself am a 29 yr old female, traveled with 31 yr old husband, and 7 & 10 yr old girls.
We have heard alot of past crusiers talk, and in comparison, we both agree that we were either on the wrong ship, or maybe we're not "cruisers".
The lines to get onto ship were LONG, took us about 2 hours from dropping luggage, until officially stepping onto boat. Our room service was nice, our girls loved the animals made nightly. Staff constantly comes by to offer you to buy drinks, but when you want a drink, it seemed as if noone acknowledged us. Same as while eatign buffet, it took them forever to clear our used plates off the table! I personally didnt realize how much more money you can spend on the ship! The shows they had that were free were not for us! We left a few of them before they were over. Beware of bar tabs, they add up QUICK!! On the other hand, our girls enjoyed the camp for kids! They had a blast and kept begging to go back.
Pool area (Lido deck) stayed quite crowded. We only got ourselves 2 loungechairs twice while being on ship. (once was while ship was docked in our 1st destination, (Progresso, UGH)) Food was not all that! We tried dining room as well as buffet lines, it was just ok. Lido deck buffet was open for breakfast daily (typical bagels, muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, bread, milk, cereal, pancakes) Dining room breakfast we did not enjoy, they didn't get any of our orders correct, so it was buffet for breakfast after that! Dining room for dinner was just ok, we didnt think they had a lot of options to choose from, out MAitre'd was good to us. Food was just ok, nothing amazing at all! As for buffet area for lunch and dinner...OMG! The lines, and people were not fun! Sandwich line inside Tiffanys was terrible and only had 1 guy making the sandwiches. Our girls loved gettting pizza & ice cream any time, though! As for ship being cleaned, workers were cleaning all the time it seemed, so I can't complain there!
Because we traveled with children, we did not experience much of the adult night life in bars/club areas. We heard fun/funny stories about those places though. We did gamble in casino area a bit. Lost, so unfortunatly we dont have any bragging stories there!
MAybe it was the time of year, but it seemed like most of the other people were a bit older than us (seemed to have more fun than we did) LOL
Weather was a bit windy throughout cruise. Very chilly the day we left Mobile, but of course got warmer as trip went) All in all, weather cooporated great for us!
All said and done, the cruise ship itself was just ok.